inulin

[ in-yuh-lin ]

nounChemistry.
  1. a polysaccharide, (C6H10O5)n, obtained from the roots of certain plants, especially elecampane, dahlia, and Jerusalem artichoke, that undergoes hydrolysis to the dextrorotatory form of fructose: used chiefly as an ingredient in diabetic bread, in processed foods to increase their fiber content, and as a reagent in diagnosing kidney function.

Origin of inulin

1
1805–15; <New Latin Inul(a) a genus of plants (Latin: elecampane) + -in2

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British Dictionary definitions for inulin

inulin

/ (ˈɪnjʊlɪn) /


noun
  1. a fructose polysaccharide present in the tubers and rhizomes of some plants. Formula: (C 6 H 10 O 5) n

Origin of inulin

1
C19: from Latin inula elecampane + -in

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